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Royal Assassin Audiobook

Royal Assassin: The Farseer Trilogy, Book 2

Young Fitz, the illegitimate son of the noble Prince Chivalry, is ignored by all royalty except the devious King Shrewd, who has had him tutored him in the dark arts of the assassin. He has barely survived his first, soul-shattering mission, and when he returns to the court, he is thrown headfirst into the tumult of royal life.
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Young Fitz, the illegitimate son of the noble Prince Chivalry, is ignored by all royalty except the devious King Shrewd, who has had him tutored him in the dark arts of the assassin. He has barely survived his first, soul-shattering mission, and when he returns to the court, he is thrown headfirst into the tumult of royal life.

With the king near death, and Fitz's only ally off on a seemingly hopeless quest, the throne itself is threatened.

Meanwhile, the treacherous Red Ship Raiders have renewed their attacks on the Six Duchies, slaughtering the inhabitants of entire seaside towns. In this time of great peril, it soon becomes clear that the fate of the kingdom may rest in Fitz's hands - and his role in its salvation may require the ultimate sacrifice.

©1999 Robin Hobb (P)2010 Tantor

What the Critics Say

“Hobb manages to create a kingdom that looks like a fairy tale but feels like the real world---which makes it almost impossible not to become immersed in Hobb's fantasy epic.” (Publishers Weekly)

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    Sam Abbot 02-08-15
    Sam Abbot 02-08-15 Member Since 2014
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    "Great!"

    An excellent book excellently delivered! I look forward to the next chapter , Assassin's Quest !

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    Danny 01-27-15
    Danny 01-27-15 Member Since 2016
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    "astounding work"

    I honestly cant get enough. Hobb is a master storyteller, whose characters are real and believable. full of faults, and amazing all the same. the narrator is obviously into tge story and does a good job of varying voices and inflections. this marks the 4th time ive listened, and it will by no means be the last.

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    Amazon Customer Peoria, IL, United States 01-23-15
    Amazon Customer Peoria, IL, United States 01-23-15 Member Since 2015

    love my dogs, mystery, history, and thrillers. make and soup and bake; ect

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    "good"

    like it. but at times it can be long wait to see what happens next. lot of twist and turns.

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    Fathas Houston, TX USA 01-15-15
    Fathas Houston, TX USA 01-15-15 Member Since 2016
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    "Character behavior is Annoying"

    That other review complaining about character's stupid reasons for telling Fits not to take action against Regal are dead on. There is no doubt in my mind that I would've assasinated Regal for a third of the offenses he committed in this book. Hell if I witnessed my uncle taking actions against the rest of my family as grave as are in this book I'd go kill him right now.

    This is deeply frustrating. It makes me think of Ed Stark's stupid behavior in Game of Thrones. Except this consumes so much of the book and the offenses are so grave. Hell I nearly want Regal to succeed just so I can have a "serves you right, you idiots" moment.

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    Nasse 01-06-15
    Nasse 01-06-15 Member Since 2014
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    "When everything doesnt go as planned"

    One of the rare series of books where things usually dont go according to plan.

    Sometimes the (2 or 3) audio changes so much so that it seems its performed by 2 people but im guessing its just a different microphone or something like that.

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    2kittiesmom 01-03-15
    2kittiesmom 01-03-15
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    "Not my favorite Hobb"

    As an avid fan of some of the later series', I was disappointed to find these earlier books, that lay the foundation of the story lines I so enjoy, to be a bit more abstract for my taste. I will finish the series, just not as enthusiastically as I would have liked.

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    Nathan 12-17-14
    Nathan 12-17-14
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    "Dumb Cover-Great Book"

    Somewhat of a slow start but a great book. I really enjoyed it. a good series so far.

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    Charlotte 11-11-14
    Charlotte 11-11-14
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    "needs to dump Molly..."
    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    this is a good story, but the Molly story line drags the book down.


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    G 10-18-14
    G 10-18-14
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    "OK, but worse ending in the history of fiction"
    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    I listened for the full 29+ hours. I could do so easily because Ms. Hobb is a good writer. The fantasy world she expertly crafted held my attention as i waited for the promising story to unfold, but it never really did. I like long form fantasy but holy crap the story should move a little. If you like a book that is 90% palace intrigue this is for you. If you think 29 hours of listening should be rewarded with story proggression you will be disappointed. The ending is surprising, but so is catching an STD from your spouse. Surprise does not always equal good and this one was a real dog. I bought two of her books on sale for $5.95 so I have another in this series waiting. The six bucks will easier to throw away that another 20+ hours of listening with no reward in the end. I am not sure if i will ever get around to listening to it.


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    Anita St George San Diego, CA USA 10-09-14
    Anita St George San Diego, CA USA 10-09-14 Member Since 2015
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    "So much potential, so much disappointment"

    I love the premise of the trilogy, and Robin Hobb does a very good job of character development and general storytelling. But the pain and suffering that main characters go through, and the terrible decisions they make, ruins this book. After reading reviews of the third book in the trilogy, I decided not to read it. Great performance by Paul Boehmer.

    I guess if you like dark books where there is mostly pain and loss and crappy things happening, with no end in sight, this will be a great book for you.

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